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Panapa Ratahi

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel  R_003. Image taken June 2020.

Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War II Hall of Memories Panel R_003. Image taken June 2020.

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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    1921 Public Source
  • Date of birth
    1921 Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020 - Whanau Whakapapa
  • Place of birth
    Whakatane Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020 - Whanau Whakapapa
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
    Unknown AWMM Te Teko, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
    Public Works Department - Awakeri Quarry Whakatane Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020 - Papers Past Newspaper
    Bay of Plenty Beacon, Vol 2 Issue 114, 24 January 1940
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    • Mrs K. Ratahi (wife), Te Teko, New Zealand AWMM
    • Kathleen Ratahi Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020 - Whanau Records
  • Relationship status
    Unknown AWMM Married AWMM


Wars and conflicts

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  • War
  • Campaign
  • Armed force / branch
    Army AWMM
  • Service number
    65476 AWMM
  • Military service
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • Liberation Repatriation
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Killed on Active Service, Cause of Death AWMM

Last known rank

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Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Panapa Ratahi was the son of Hura and Turupou Ratahi of Whakatane. He was the husband of Kathleen Ratahi of Te Teko, Bay of Plenty. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    9 July 1946 AWMM
    Age 25 AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Hillcrest Cemetery, Whakatane-Ohope Road, Whakatane, Bay of Plenty, New Zealand AWMM Services Area. 8. AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

Roll of Honour

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  • 24 April 2020

    My koro Awanuiarangi Ratahi was your father Te Huras older brother. You served alongside your first cousin Willie Awa Ratahi (my dads brother) who died 21 April 1944 in Tunisia at the Battle of Takrouna. Today there are no ANZAC parades the first time in our history because of COVID 19. I am remembering you and your sacrifice by posting up your photo wearing your uniform that we had in our whanau records. Now when we come to lay a poppy for you we can remember you, your face and how young and handsome you were and will forever be. Moe mai ra e koro

    na mokopuna Enid Ratahi-Pryor
    Public - Enid - Direct descendant - 24 April 2020
  • Takoto mai ra e te papa, e kore koe e warewaretia!

    You were my dad's older brother, I have a photo of you taken when you served in the army. I treasure this, and one of my mokopuna bears your name. Gone but never forgotten!
    Public - Hinehou - Other relative - 7 February 2019



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  • External links
  • References
    • Gardiner, W. (2019). Ake ake kia kaha e! : Forever brave! : B Company 28 (Maori) Battalion, 1939-1945. Auckland : Bateman Books. AWMM
    • Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force. (1941). Nominal Roll Second New Zealand Expeditionary Force No. 4 (Embarkations from 1st April, 1941 to 30 June, 1941). Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      WW2 4: WW2 292 AWMM
    • Cody, J. (1956). 28 (Maori) Battalion. Wellington, N.Z.: Department of Internal Affairs, War History Branch. AWMM


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DateFirst namesLocationRelationshipContact
26 September 2022Lorraine MonaGisborneResearcher
25 April 2020EnidWHAKATANEDirect descendant
07 February 2019Hinehou TokoroaOther relative

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